13 June: Coping with Drought

One of the biggest reservations today for belief in a Creator God, is due to His seemingly detached attitude towards the plight of humans caught up in natural disasters…

READ 1 Kings 17  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Coping with drought is a current topic. The horrifying photos of dehydrated humans laying in the dust of Ethiopia during the 1980s, for example, is hard to comprehend. So what I’ve noticed about today’s chapter is the team effort between the God of Creation, how He uses nature (including disasters) to get our attention, and how He interacts with His people – those who acknowledge His existence and are willing to follow His lead. In a moment of divine intervention, the Creator God uses a man named Elijah to warn the King of Israel of a devastating drought that was about to hit Israel. [v1] As it turned out, this king happened to be dangerously corrupt, so Father God then had to protect Elijah. [v3] The drought wasn’t averted, yet the Lord provided for Elijah (whose name means: The Lord is my Strength) in miraculous ways. [v5-6&14-16]

Although the events in today’s chapter are 2,800 years old (and though what He does may change), neither the Creator God nor His purposes will ever change.[a] So, if I listen – the way Elijah did – and follow my Maker’s lead, I can be sure that He’ll carry me every step of the way, strengthening me to cope with the drought of dry and barren places in my story. Read More? …CLICK on “13 June – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

For all the good that You have done, I will praise You, Lord, and sing the praises of Your Name among the nations! [2 Samuel 22:50]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of Haiti[c]
  • Your Country: Military Ministries
  • Yourself: Deeper Love for your Family
  • Your concerns for today
Save me, O God, by Your Name and vindicate me by Your might. Hear my prayer, O God, and listen to the words of my mouth. [Psalm 54:1-2]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, You keep Your covenant of love with those who love You and keep Your commandments. Now let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying before You day and night: I confess the sins of Your people, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against You. [Nehemiah 1:5-6]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-you Father God that I can now know what love is –  that Jesus the Christ laid down His life for us. Help me today in my actions, words and attitudes to “lay down my life” for others. [1 John 3:16]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” [Romans 12:6-8]

[a] Malachi 3:6a; Hebrews 6:17

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/hait/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

Posted in Complex Maze of Divine Intervention, Coping with Drought, Daily Breadcrumbs, Economic Power of Water, Ethiopia Rising, Insurance Losses, Nature and Divine Intervention, Pain and Process, Preparing for the Storm, Prophecy for the Nations, Prophecy: Difficult to Live With, Random Acts of God, Refiner's Fire, Relationship with the Creator, Surviving an Ecological Disaster, The God who Sees, The Insanity of Obedience, The Mysterious Ways of God, The Physics of Water, Tracking Water Stress

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